The 2021 Auckland Classic in January has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are obviously incredibly sad to share this news but safety has to be our priority,” tournament director Karl Budge said in a statement.

“We know we deliver the best annual event in New Zealand. Today’s announcement won’t change that. We look forward to the return of the Classic in Auckland next year. The planning starts now.”

The event has previously managed to draw in top 10 players from the men’s and women’s circuits including Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu and Jack Sock.